American Indians are defined not solely by self-designation but by federal, state, and tribal laws. Blood quantum remains one of the most significant factors in determining tribal membership, access to services, and community recognition. This concept has generated debate and contestation. Dr. Eva Marie Garroutte, Associate Professor of Sociology at Boston College, will examine the issue of Indian identity and the many competing definitions of “Indian-ness” that are rooted in law, blood, cultural practice, self-identification, and the positive and negative consequences of each as seen from various perspectives. An enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Dr. Garroutte has a background of research and publication related to the study of racial-ethnic identity, religion, and American Indian health.
This event is part of the Asian/Hispanic/Native American Center's 2013 Native American Heritage Month Celebration, and is free and open to the public. For the full 2013 calendar of events, please visit our website at www.wright.edu/administration/ahna or visit our center at 154 Millett Hall.